Here’s one that I saw recently. It’s from Blaise Pascal, 16th Century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian:
All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
It’s a rather simplistic outlook on life, but I am kinda inclined to agree. Although I’m wondering if there’s a TV in the room (and wi-fi?) because there’s more to life than just not deriving misery.
It does seem like I’m advocating a monastic lifestyle, which I’m not, but you rarely see a crying monk, do you?
Blaise Pascal also gave us some equally salient, but far more important quotes, pertinent to the present day, like:
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
and the chilling observation that:
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal knew his stuff.